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Fort Worth Zoo adopts Species360 Insights

As a Species360 Insights subscriber, Fort Worth Zoo gains insights to medical norms and animal welfare best practices based on data shared across global populations. (Photo Credit: Fort Worth Zoo)

The Fort Worth Zoo dedicates staff time, resources and financial support to projects locally and around the world.

Fort Worth Zoo (Texas, United States) has joined Species360 as part of the Insights Program.  Formerly the Research Partner program, the Species360 Insights program provides the Zoo with access to aggregated, anonymous ZIMS data.

ZIMS data is curated by more than 1,200 Species360 institutional members, including zoos, aquariums, and wildlife refuge and rescue centers in 99 countries. The Zoo may use the data to better understand medical norms and animal welfare best practices impacting the individuals and groups in its care.

“(Species360) health data are not only important in comparative medical contexts, but also for providing insights into underlying health conditions that, in the incipient stages of disease development, render individuals more vulnerable…” – COMMENTARY / Zoo and aquarium data changes what we know about species: A biodemographer’s perspective, with James R. Carey, University of California, Davis

A growing number of universities, wildlife research, government, and research organizations participate in the Species360 Insights Program every year. Among them, University of California at Berkeley and UC Davis (United States), University of Navarro (Spain), Babes Bolyai University (Romania), Murdoch University (Australia), and, most recently, Ferris Lane Animal Hospital (Ontario, Canada).

Species360 serves aquariums, zoos, and wildlife centers worldwide. Together, this community sustains the world’s largest set of data on wildlife in human care – providing the data chosen by CITES, IUCN, and other global leaders to advance our understanding of populations. Species360’s mission is to improve animal welfare and inform species conservation.

Overview: What is the Species360 Insights Program

Wildlife experts say missing data contributed by zoos and aquariums can help save species, inform survival plans, and provide evidence to prosecute poachers. This series of interviews was recorded during CITES CoP18 gathering in Geneva. (Video)

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